Build on your qualifications and experience to enter the rapidly growing tourism and events sectors with the Graduate Certificate of Tourism and Destination Management.
You'll gain specific insight into tourism and event policy development, build professional networks and build your capability to become a future tourism industry leader.
The course has four specialised tourism management units that focus on addressing contemporary and emerging issues and challenges faced by destinations internationally.
Embedded within an established suite of business programs, including Victoria University’s internationally awarded MBA, you'll be prepared to professionally engage with industry issues within the visitor economy. You'll also have the opportunity to continue further study with the Master of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management.
From 2021, this course will be delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.
The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:
- e-learning content for courses
- student email
- student software packages
- social networking tools.
On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:
School for the Visitor Economy
This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.
According to Deloitte, the tourism industry is identified as ranking second within a set of ‘fabulous five’ industry sectors that will drive Australian economic growth, with projections of almost five per cent growth per annum, over the next 30 years.
The Graduate Certificate of Tourism and Destination Management will equip students for roles in:
- Tourism planning agencies
- Tourism promotion agencies such as ‘Destination Melbourne’
- Managers of attractions
- Marketing and communication (events)
- Planners within the travel sector (airlines and other major transport providers)
- Self-employment through tourism management businesses.
To attain the award of Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Destination Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of core units
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review and appraise theoretical approaches for effective management decision-making in tourism and destination management practice;|
|2.||Appraise the economic, legal and political context within which destinations operate, contribute to creative implementation of sustainable practices and risk minimising strategies in contemporary settings;|
|3.||Collaborate within teams to apply creative solutions for industry, government and community stakeholders, integrating complex knowledge and ideas effectively to achieve shared goals;|
|4.||Articulate effectively with a variety of audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities, business and other related stakeholders; and,|
|5.||Advocate consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a contemporary work environment in a socially responsible manner.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.